Find a Home

Important changes to Derby Homefinder

We moved to a new IT system on 28 January 2019. You will need an email address to continue to access your housing application and to search/bid for properties.

If you’ve already updated your application with your email address, go to the new login page on Derby Homefinder.

If you already have an active housing application but haven’t added your email address, you will need to register to our MyAccount service.

Derby Homefinder is the central housing register for social housing in Derby and includes homes available to rent from Derby City Council, Derby Homes and a number of other registered providers (housing associations) in the city.

There are very limited numbers of council/housing association properties available to rent in Derby. There are more people wanting homes than there are properties available. Many people wait a long time before being offered a council property.

The Council’s policy that explains how decisions are made on who needs housing and how properties are allocated is here: Derby Homefinder Allocations Policy.

You can look for available homes on Derby Homefinder. Before you can use Derby Homefinder, your housing needs must be assessed. If you qualify, you will be “placed” in either the Emergency or Housing Needs Band.

Emergency re-housing

If there is an emergency in your home or your area and you feel you need a temporary place to stay, we may be able to find you emergency accommodation. We will support you in resolving your situation, if possible and keep you informed about when you will be able to return home.

Other Housing Options

Renting from a private landlord

There are very few properties available through social housing, so most people are more likely to find a new home by renting from a private landlord. Try searching: “properties to rent in derby”.

If you are on a low income and looking for private properties to rent, you may be able to get help through either:

  • the Bond Assurance Scheme. This scheme can help with a deposit for a private landlord if you would struggle to get a private property because you can’t afford a deposit.
  • the Rent In Advance Scheme. This scheme can pay up to a month’s rent in advance if you receive or will receive Housing Benefit.

Buying a property

The 'Help to Buy' is a scheme funded by central government that's designed to help people buy their own home. For more information, visit the Help to Buy website.

Secure Council and Housing Association tenants can find general information about Right to Buy and Right to Acquire schemes that they may be able to apply for.

Swapping your home (mutual exchange)

You will not be able to use Derby Homefinder for Mutual Exchanges after 28 January 2019.

If you want to swap properties through mutual exchange (within Derby or nationally), you will need to register with Housing Exchange.

If you have rent arrears or are causing anti-social behaviour, the mutual exchange may be withheld. If your home, or the home you want to move to has had adaptations carried out we will also need to consider whether the proposed exchange meets the needs of those involved in the exchange.

Moving outside of Derby - Registering with other councils

You can apply to get on the Housing Register of any council in the country, but each will have its own policy on allocating housing. Find out more from the council in the area you wish to move to. Visit the website  to find contact details for all councils.


Contact us
01332 640085
01332 640666 (Minicom)

Housing Options
The Council House
Corporation Street

Our Housing Options Centre offers information and advice on the different ways of getting housing, including:

  • discuss your housing situation and what housing options available to you
  • ether applying through the Housing Register is the right option for you
  • applying for council housing (also called ‘social housing’)
  • renting from private landlords and other ways of getting housing
  • illegal eviction and harassment
  • landlord and tenant responsibilities
  • accommodation for older people
  • support for young people (age 16 to 18) leaving home for the first time
  • support for people who are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence
  • support for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness